The Z-man Chatterbait is gaining quite a cult following in the UK these days but we do get a number of calls asking questions on how to use it so here goes.
First lets find out what the Chatterbait is and a bit of its history, this extract from the Z-Man website sums it up quite nicely:
“The ChatterBait bladed swim jig burst onto the bass fishing scene in 2006 following several tournament successes and became a highly-sought-after bass lure virtually overnight. With its patented design and unique, hex-shaped ChatterBlade, the sound, vibration, and action of The Original ChatterBait brand bladed jigs is unmatched. The end result is a versatile lure that offers the eratic action of crankbait, large profile of a jig, and irresistable flash of a spinnerbait, now available in a variety of sizes, finishes, and configurations for fresh- and saltwater fishing.”
Suffice to say Z-Man are very protective over the Chatterbait and although numerous companies have tried to use the name they have always ended up in court!
The number of Chatterbaits available in the UK ranges from the Flashback Mini right up to the Project Z Chatterbait and hopefully in the next few weeks we will also have the JackHammer. The JackHammer is a joint venture between Japanese company Evergreen and Z-man but hold your breath this version wont be cheap and is expect to retail around £15 per lure.
You don’t need to go that mad though, in honesty you can’t go far wrong with one of the Original Chatterbaits, this is available in several colours and weights. Its accounted for numerous Zander, Pike and Perch in both running and still water and at less than £5.50 as we write its a good lure to start with.
- Dan Sissons with a canal caught Perch on an Original Chatterbait
One question that we get asked again and again is how to attach it to you trace. Really it’s straight forward just clip it on so that the blade is pointing forward at 45 degrees as in the picture below.
To check you’ve got it right cast the lure out and retrieve it back as fast as you can, if you’ve done it right you will feel the vibration through your rod and forearm.
- This Pike took a liking to a Chatterbait with a Curly Tail as a trailer bait.
Next the retrieve, you can make this as complicated or as basic as you like. One of my favourites is simply cast the lure out let it sink to the bottom then simply reel the lure back slowly just so you can feel the pulse of the blade working. Another method is to sink and draw the Chatterbait, I like to rip the bait up the water column a couple of feet so the blade is going mad then simply let it drop back again under a tight line, more often than not you will get a hit as the lure drops back. Really you can’t go wrong whatever retrieve you want to use you can, just get out and experiment, thats half the fun.
Chatterbait trailers are another popular question, on occasions I haven’t bothered and just fish the jig with the skirt other times though just to give the lure a better profile you need it. I tend to fish either a 3 inch or 4 inch paddle tail normally a MinnowZ or Deizel Minnow in a colour similar to the skirt.
- A selection of Chatterbaits some with trailer others without.
Well thats it in a nutshell, like all fishing you can make it as complicated or as simple as you like but do get out and give the Chatterbait ago, I really thing you will find it productive.